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There is a bigt machlokes among the poskim exactly for which Succah activity a person makes a Leishei BaSuccah. Technically it could be made for anything you do in the Succah since it is all a mitzva. In fact the Chayei Adam (147:15) holds that if you go into a Succah and have no plan to eat until the next time you leave, you make a Leisheiv BaSuccah. However we are noheg to make the Bracha only if we eat a KiBeitza of Mezonos.

However Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichos Shlomo 2:12:7) points out an exception to this rule. On Hoshana Rabba (in Eretz Yisroel) before Yom Tov starts we go into the Succah one last time to say good bye to this great mitzva (Rav Shlomo Zalman was very particular and emotional about people doing this). Since in this case you are going into the Succah purely for the sake of the mitzva, you can rely on the Chayei Adam and make a Leisheiv BaSuccah no matter what you eat, even if you don't eat a shiur of Mezonos.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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Wed, 29 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0700
Aruch L'Ner: Building a Succah on Chol Ha'mo'ed http://revach.net/article.php?id=943 http://revach.net/article.php?id=943

Building is not permitted on Chol HaMo'ed.  If someone does not have a succah is he permitted to build one on Chol HaMo'ed because it is a Melachah that is needed for Yom Tov. Is it permissible to build a succah on Chol HaMo'ed if one has a succah, but he needs a bigger one because he is making a bris and there are many people joining him in the succah?

The Bikurei Yakov (Aruch l‘Ner) says that the Melachah of building the succah is permitted in this case because it is regarded as something that is needed for the Moed. Even though normally a Melachah that is needed for the Moed is only permitted if it is done in privacy, in this case it is apparent and obvious that the building of the succah is for the purpose of the Moed and therefore it is permitted to build the succah publicly.

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Mon, 27 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0700
The Brisker Rov: An Umbrella In The Succah? http://revach.net/article.php?id=1103 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1103 If you sit in the succah under any covering or canopy that is ten tefachim high you are under the canopy and you are not considered to be in a succah.  What about if it is very sunny or raining and you open an umbrella?  Are you in the succah?  The Piskei Teshuvos (627:2) brings from poskim that an umbrella is different.  Since it is held by you and not anchored to the ground it is not considered an "Ohel" and therefore is batel to the succah. 

Because of these opinions he says it is better to remain in the succah under the umbrella rather than go out. Nevertheless because this is questionable, you should not say the bracha of Laishaiv Ba'Succah. The Brisker Rov was noheg like this in the rain.  This is also the opinion of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.

On Shabbos or Yom Tov you may not open an umbrella so the point is moot.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

 

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Sun, 26 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0700
Hoshana Rabba: How Much Banging of The Hoshanos Should You Do? http://revach.net/article.php?id=1108 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1108

The Mishna Brura (664:19) brings from the Arizal that you should "Klop" the aravos on the floor five times. After the initial banging, which is not likely to make leaves fall off, says the Mishna Brura you should bang it on something that will make leaves fall off in accordance with the Maharit that says that the whole idea is for leaves to fall off as a siman that the din is over.

The Chayei Adam (153:3) says that only foolish people bang until all the leaves fall off and laments the fact that they are more interested in "klopping" the aravos than shaking the Lulav the proper way.

Others including the Pri Migadim and the Kaf HaChaim disagree and say that one should not bang on legs of tables or chairs since there is no point to remove leaves and it is better to leave the aravos intact like the minhag of the Arizal. (Piskei Teshuva 664:5)

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Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Succah Hopping - Do You Say Laishaiv BaSuccah? http://revach.net/article.php?id=1099 http://revach.net/article.php?id=1099

The Din of the gemara requires you to make the bracha of Laishaiv BaSuccah for any activity done in the succah including eating, sleeping, learning or even just hanging out. Our minhag says the Shulchan Aruch is to only make the bracha when we eat a shiur of bread or mezonos. The Mishna Berura (639:48) explains that we use food as the catalyst for the bracha which encompasses all other activity. Therefore if you are fasting and not eating you must make a bracha even without eating. This is also the opinion of the Chayei Adam. The Maamar Mordechai disagrees and says we do not make a Laishaiv BaSuccah for anything other than eating.

Another point of contention between the two would be if you visit your friend in his succah and do not eat. Do you make a laishaiv BaSuccah or not? Rav Shlomo Zalman says that although the Halacha should be that you make the bracha even without eating like the Chayei Adam, since it is questionable if your main intention is to see your friend or to sit in the succah you should preferably eat a mezonos and then say the bracha. Even if you do not eat the necessary amount to require a bracha achrona it is still sufficient. If however it is clear that you are only visiting him because he is in the succah and you wouldn't visit him otherwise, than the bracha can be made without eating any food.

Other poskim like the Vilna Gaon and the Chazon Ish hold that one should make the bracha for any other activity in the succah as well.

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700
The Chofetz Chaim & Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Can You Drink Water Outside A Succah? http://revach.net/article.php?id=2864 http://revach.net/article.php?id=2864 The gemara says that the Mitzva of Yeshivas Succah is to eat and drink in the succah.  Since we know that only eating a Kevius requires a succah and not drinking (even wine according to most poskim), why does the gemara say it is a mitzva to drink in the succah. 

The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar HaTziyon (639:29) suggests that drinking during a meal might require a succah since drinking is part of the kevius se'uda.  Therefore he says that it may be a problem to drink water outside the succah during the meal.

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach says that while drinking outside the house is normal all year round and therefore permissible outside a succah, if however you are near your succah it seems that you might be obligated to go inside to drink.  The reason, he says, is that if some if someone is standing near their home they would go inside for a drink.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding maynot be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions. 

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Wed, 07 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0700